Thanks to the three-year partnership between the Title I Department of the Division of Teaching and Learning, the Social Studies department, and Operation Hope six Cobb County schools hosted the Gooding Financial Literacy Tour sponsored by Funding the Future. Funding the Future is a nonprofit financial literacy tour bringing musicians to schools to teach real-life lessons about personal finance. These concerts were the kick-off for the Title I Financial Literacy campaign.
To date, more than 2,700 Cobb middle school students have been exposed to financial literacy concepts with Hope’s “Banking on our Future” program. Through our partnership, Operation Hope has provided over $50,000 in grant funds to benefit our students. Almost 400 students have developed their entrepreneurial skills through “Hope Business in a Box.” This program provides students with the support and business role models they need to become “next-gen business builders.” At least ten Cobb students who participated in “Hope Business in a Box” will receive a $500 grant to start their own businesses.
Currently, Floyd Middle School students are refining their business plans to receive their $500 grant award, and Lindley Middle School students are gearing up to develop business ideas. Tapp Middle School students are currently using their grant monies to implement their business plans with the help of business mentors from Operation Hope. The students are preparing to audition for the Annual Hope Global Forum’s National Pitch Competition. At the National Pitch Competition, students from all over the nation will pitch their personal business in front of the CEOs of Americas largest Fortune 500 companies. Winners of the National Pitch competition will be given up to $1500 in grant funds to further their businesses.
Tiffany Honore´, Director
Delores Thompson, Supervisor
Natalie Hutchins, Supervisor
Contributing Author: Laura Franco, District Title I Academic Coach